Biography

My background is in experimental social cognition. I was awarded a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, after which I continued my research as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois and at the University of Colorado. Prior to coming to UEA in January 2017, I held academic positions at the University of Bristol, the Free University of Amsterdam, and Plymouth University. 

All Publications

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Schenke, K. C., Wyer, N. A., Bach, P.

(2016)

The Things You Do: Internal Models of Others' Expected Behaviour Guide Action Observation,

in PLoS ONE

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article no. e0158910

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Wyer, N. A., Schenke, K. C.

(2016)

Just you and I: The role of social exclusion in the formation of interpersonal relationships,

in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

65

pp. 20-25

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Wyer, N. A.

(2016)

Easier done than undone ... by some of the people, some of the time: The role of elaboration in explicit and implicit group preferences,

in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

63

pp. 77-85

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Wyer, N. A., Hollins, T. J., Pahl, S.

(2015)

The hows and whys of face processing: Level of construal influences the holistic processing of human faces,

in Journal of Experimental Psychology: General

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(6)

pp. 1037-1041

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Wyer, N. A., Hollins, T. J., Pahl, S., Roper, J.

(2015)

The hows and whys of face memory: level of construal influences the recognition of human faces,

in Frontiers in Psychology

6

article no. 1524

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Wyer, N. A.

(2014)

When I think of you: Memory for persons and groups,

in The SAGE Handbook of Applied Memory.

SAGE Publications Inc

pp. 292-311

ISBN 9781446208427

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De Carvalho, R. G., Palma-Oliveira, J. M., Wyer, N., Corral-Verdugo, V.

(2013)

Cognitive and context "Tuning": Tools to break anti-ecological habits,

in Recent Hispanic Research on Sustainable Behavior and Interbehavioral Psychology.

Nova Science Publishers, Inc

pp. 65-88

ISBN 9781628081367

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Wyer, N. A., Martin, D., Pickup, T., Macrae, C. N.

(2012)

Individual Differences in (Non-Visual) Processing Style Predict the Face Inversion Effect,

in Cognitive Science

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pp. 373-384

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Wyer, N. A., Neilens, H., Perfect, T. J., Mazzoni, G.

(2011)

Automatic and ironic behavior are both mediated by changes in the self-concept,

in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

47

(6)

pp. 1300-1303

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Wyer, N. A., Calvini, G.

(2011)

Don't sit so close to me: Unconsciously elicited affect automatically provokes social avoidance,

in Emotion

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pp. 1230-1234

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Wyer, N. A., Perfect, T. J., Neilens, H., Mazzoni, G., Roper, J.

(2011)

With or Without You: Determinants of Postsuppression Behavior,

in Social Psychological and Personality Science

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pp. 272-276

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Wyer, N. A., Calvini, G., Nash, A., Miles, N.

(2010)

Priming in Interpersonal Contexts: Implications for Affect and Behavior,

in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

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(12)

pp. 1693-1705

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Wyer, N. A., Perfect, T. J., Pahl, S.

(2010)

Temporal Distance and Person Memory: Thinking About the Future Changes Memory for the Past,

in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

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(6)

pp. 805-816

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Wyer, N. A., Mazzoni, G., Perfect, T. J., Calvini, G., Neilens, H. L.

(2010)

When Not Thinking Leads to Being and Doing: Stereotype Suppression and the Self,

in Social Psychological and Personality Science

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(2)

pp. 152-159

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Wyer, N. A.

(2010)

Salient egalitarian norms moderate activation of out-group approach and avoidance,

in Group Processes & Intergroup Relations

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pp. 151-165

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Wyer, N. A.

(2010)

You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First (Implicit) Impression: The Role of Elaboration in the Formation and Revision of Implicit Impressions,

in Social Cognition

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pp. 1-19

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Wyer, N. A.

(2010)

Selective Self-Categorization: Meaningful Categorization and the In-Group Persuasion Effect,

in The Journal of Social Psychology

150

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pp. 452-470

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Wyer, N. A.

(2008)

Cognitive consequences of perceiving social exclusion,

in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

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pp. 1003-1012

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Wyer, N. A.

(2007)

Motivational influences on compliance with and consequences of instructions to suppress stereotypes,

in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

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pp. 417-424

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Wyer, N. A.

(2004)

Not all Stereotypic Biases are Created Equal: Evidence for a Stereotype-Disconfirming Bias,

in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

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pp. 706-720

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Key Research Interests

One central line of research investigates a range of cognitive mechanisms that contribute to humans’ ability to engage in fluid and spontaneous social interaction. In particular, using experimental methods, I investigate how people are able to understand others’ perspectives, how they are able to anticipate what others are about to do, and how they shape their own behaviour to adapt to what others are thinking or doing. Beyond gaining an understanding of how these cognitive processes (e.g., perspective-taking, prediction, and imitation) contribute to smooth interactions, my research also explores what happens when these same processes fail and how such failures may give rise to social exclusion.

A further research interest concerns the effects of different processing styles on social perception and judgment. One can think about virtually anything (an object, person, or event) in different ways – in terms of its broad meaning and the impressions it evokes, or in terms of the details and features that constitute it. Different areas of psychology (face perception, construal level, cross-cultural differences) have focused on the distinction between ‘holistic’ and ‘analytic’ processing, but to what extent do parallel distinctions in different psychological domains actually share common architecture and mechanisms? In my work, I approach this question from two directions: first, by examining individual and group/cultural differences in holistic processing, and second, by investigating the link between different expressions of holistic processing (e.g., conceptual and visual) at an intra-individual level. The aim of this area of my research is to work towards a comprehensive model of holistic processing that will bring together its many interpretations across areas of psychology.